Hi all! It's been a while since I updated my blog, so I thought I'd check in. I've been busy writing Salvation, Trevor's story, which is the fifth book in the Firsts and Forever series, and it's right on track for release this spring. I'm shooting for a May release, and I've been really pleased with the way it's coming together.
At the same time, I've been mapping out the next two books that will follow Salvation. People have asked me how many books I plan to write in the Firsts and Forever series, and there's no set answer. As long as these books remain popular and people keep asking for more, I'll keep them coming!
Alright, I'd better get back to it! Right now in the scene I'm writing, Trevor and his love interest are just about to...take it to the next level. That's all I'm saying! ;)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Thank you to all my readers for your support -- you've made Gathering Storm a success! An extra thank you goes to those of you that have taken the time to leave great reviews on Amazon, and that have emailed to tell me you enjoyed Hunter's story. Feedback like that means the world to me!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
At the request of some of my readers, I finally made my books available on an alternate platform. In addition to finding my new book, Gathering Storm, on Amazon, you can now also find it on Smashwords, along with the rest of the Firsts and Forever series.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
One year ago today, Alexa Land was born. And what a wild, amazing ride it's been!
On December 19, 2012, I took a chance and self-published Way Off Plan on Amazon. And that leap of faith changed my life forever.
The book had just been rejected by a major M/M publisher, and I took the rejection pretty hard. At the same time, though, I believed in my story and characters. I felt I'd made something that would entertain people and make them feel good. So I decided, to hell with publishers. I could get my book to its intended audience without anyone's help.
I independently published it on Amazon, and then I kind of braced myself. I honestly expected it to just get swallowed up in that giant sea of books, and didn't think anyone would ever find it.
But you did. Just a few of you at first, and then a few more. Good reviews started coming in. And more copies sold. To my amazement, Way Off Plan broke into the top ten in gay fiction on Amazon, then the top five.
All In followed, in time for Valentine's Day of this year. I was pretty sure Way Off Plan had been a fluke, so I didn't have very high expectations for All In. But it did even better than its predecessor.
Those successes encouraged me to publish Feral, which I'd written the previous summer, but had let sit on my computer for months. It was a different kind of story, and I wasn't sure how it would catch on. To my delight and amazement, Feral hit number one in gay fiction on Amazon, and went on to be nominated for a Rainbow Award. It even became a semifinalist.
Over the next several months, I worked on the book I'm most proud of: In Pieces. I published it in early July. My labor of love held the number one position in gay fiction on Amazon for two weeks, and sold more than anything I'd ever written. More importantly, so many of you took Christopher into your hearts, and wrote to tell me how his story touched your lives. I was completely overcome with joy and gratitude.
Then one random Tuesday morning (a week to the day after In Pieces was published, incidentally), my husband of nineteen years ended our marriage. It came out of the blue. Suddenly, my whole world was in a tail spin.
And everything changed. Overnight, writing went from a hobby to a career. I was under financial pressure now, worried about being able to keep my home, being able to pay for my own health insurance, and a million other things.
There was so much to deal with that I could barely think about writing. Hardest of all was only seeing my ten year old son half the time, since my ex wanted 50/50 custody. That, more than anything, continues to break my heart. I also had major surgery, just weeks after my husband left. All my energy was channeled into healing, while at the same time mourning the end of the longest, most significant relationship of my life.
But now here I am. I've come out the other side stronger than ever. I reignited my passion for writing over these last couple months, and it's very much been, to borrow from an old song, my bridge over troubled water. I'm more grateful than ever that I get to write, to do what I love, every single day.
Before last December 19th, I was just this full-time mom named Audrey. While I love being a mom, I'd allowed my personal hopes and dreams to be pushed to the back burner. I barely knew who I was anymore.
But then, I invented Alexa, and I took a chance. I put a book out there, and hoped for the best. And because of each and every one of you, my readers, my expectations were wildly exceeded. I can now call myself a writer. I'm getting to do the thing I dreamed of since childhood, and I'm so happy that this is my life.
Thank you for being a part of my journey.